Turkey Taco Mac Skillet

Google defines comfort food like this: “Food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically any with a high sugar or other carbohydrate content and associated with childhood or home cooking.” Wikipedia’s definition is similar but even more detailed: “kinds of food that provides a nostalgic or sentimental value to someone, and may be characterized by its high caloric…

How to Build the Perfect Simple Charcuterie Board

But first, a charcuterie board story Traditionally, a charcuterie board is a Willis family Christmas Eve Tradition. In fact, it’s such a firm tradition that I refused to stop dipping little clementine orange slices in chocolate for our 2013 board as I was in active labor for our second child. In my defense, I wasn’t…

Turkey Tamale Pie

When I think of hearty, warming winter dishes, this one is definitely on the top of my list. There is something about that hearty turkey chili layer topped with a thick layer of cornbread that just says comfort to me. I’m totally not into making a bunch of side dishes on a weeknight, so the…

Bacon and Pumpkin Chipotle Turkey Chili

Growing up, we always ate our chili with peanut butter sandwiches and saltine crackers on the side. I can still see the halves of peanut butter sandwiches on white bread cut into triangles piled up high in the middle of the table. I would always end up eating one plain and dipping one in my…

Skillet Lasagna

In desperate need (ok, want) of lasagna but also wanting to escape the time commitment to making it, this recipe was born on an average Tuesday night and came together like a dream! It was one of those nights I told myself, it’s just me being me and that the night’s cooking was just for…

Instant Pot Cheesy Chipotle Chicken and Rice

Let me just start out by saying:  6 MINUTES in the instant pot. 6. MIN.UTES. You will not believe how it tastes like you spent hours making this. The chicken is tender, the flavors are melded together in cheesy bliss, and the rice is perfectly al dente. Although “chipotle” is in the name, it is…

Instant Pot Chicken Jalapeno Popper Tacos

This dish was inspired by a jalapeno popper dip my husband and I were craving one night. I normally make this dip for special occasions in the fall and winter for football games or bonfires (although I’m pretty sure my husband would let me make it every day). The original recipe for the dip is…

Healthy-ish General Tsos Chicken

When my husband and I were dating, just about every Sunday after church, I would go with him and his family to this one Chinese buffet in town. This was, of course, before my husband and several immediate family members were diagnosed with celiac disease (even if the dish is gluten free, the cross contamination…

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Have you ever made dish that just made you feel fancy? For me, this pasta salad was that dish. It’s quite literally one of the first things that I ever made that made me feel like I might be ok at this cooking thing after all and I used to think these ingredients were so…

My Favorite Jalapeno Margaritas

It was a few springs ago that I started to love margaritas. I’m not sure how it took me that long to come around, but up to that point I had only ever had your run of the mill frozen marg and I was not a fan. I went ahead and labeled my favorite drink…